Update on Ambulance in Poestenkill
What happens if an ambulance is needed in Poestenkill? Based on the April 1 to July 31, 2018 records from Rensselaer County 911, there were 75 calls. Thankfully, Poestenkill Fire Department First Responders were able to respond to more than 80% of the calls providing a quick on scene response to give aid while the dispatcher searches for an available ambulance and paramedic. In recent years, state-imposed regulations have made manning a volunteer ambulance for basic life support and transport difficult for rural communities.
The average time for an ambulance to get to the scene in Poestenkill is just over 17 minutes with some responses taking up to 30 minutes. Since Poestenkill does not have a contract with any service or mutual aid, most of our ambulance service is provided by Mohawk Ambulance or other available paid ambulance services.
If you are reading this you may think 17 minutes is too long to wait. So, do I. We have been working to bring a dedicated and cost-effective service to Poestenkill. One option is to join with a neighboring town for service pooling our resources to improve response time to under 8 minutes for most of the town and providing paramedic service. Another option would include a dedicated EMT for the town.
How much will it cost to improve our service? A neighboring ambulance service estimated the cost for a house with a market value of $200,000 to be approximately $106/year in addition to the amount billed to patient if transported. The reason to consider this is to improve response time and ensure that Poestenkill residents have a dedicated transport service that we can depend on. Residents need to reach out to their town representatives and voice their opinion. Your input is vital.
Councilman Harold Van Slyke, Town of Poestenkill
Update from Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo
The end of the summer brought the annual North Greenbush town fair. This year’s fair had record attendance and perfect weather.
I would like to thank the YOUth Makes a Difference Committee and especially Supervisor Desso and Deb Desso for their hard work in organizing such a well-attended and fun event for the community.
September’s town board meeting was busy. The board approved a resolution that authorizes the transfer of the assets and real property of the Lake Meadows Water Company to the town and the filing of the petition to the Public Service Commission to approve the transfer and improvements. No bonding will be necessary. Many Lake Meadow residents have spoken of the poor pressure and spotty service in the development so this is welcome news. I would also like to thank Town Comptroller Tony Germano and Town Attorney Fred Kirwin who have worked tirelessly on this matter for the past several years.
A number of residents attended the meeting to discuss problems of flooding in Wynantskill and on North and Buckbee Roads due to the frequent storms the town has been experiencing. The Times Union recently did an article about how climate change is causing 100 year storms to occur every 10 years, resulting in the need for municipalities to rethink how development is done. With this in mind, I introduced a resolution for the town to register as a “Climate Smart Community”. The CSC is a state program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse emissions and adopt to a changing climate.
The program offers free technical assistance and grants which can be used for, among other things, updating the town’s master plan, constructing sidewalks and improving stormwater management.
The other members of the board wished to table the resolution for further study.
I will continue to pursue becoming a Climate Smart Community.
The board set a special meeting for Wednesday, October 2 at 8:00 a.m. to discuss the 2020 budget.
Please stay tuned to an Advertiser announcement for a dog park meeting in mid October.
Submitted by Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo
Supervisor’s Message – September 27, 2019
The problems experienced by East Greenbush residents from the Dunn Landfill have reached an unacceptable level. We have held discussions with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) about the problem so we could register our displeasure and, more importantly, understand what they’re doing about it. It’s frustrating when a problem like this occurs in a different jurisdiction because our hands are essentially tied.
In August, DEC issued a Department Initiated Modification to the City of Rensselaer’s permit for the Dunn Landfill. The City must prepare an enhanced Odor Control Plan. The landfill must be covered daily instead of weekly as listed in the permit. In addition, the City must implement an enhanced gas collection system. Air monitors are taking readings every ten minutes and DEC personnel are on site daily.
DEC has also established an odor hotline for people to report any odor issues they experience. The phone number for the odor hotline can be found on the DEC website.
The City of Rensselaer has accepted the modifications and agreed to submit a plan for gas collection modification within 30 days. Although people in Town are impatient and many are cynical that a solution will take precedence over the profit and revenue implications of the landfill, DEC is extremely effective in their monitoring. It may take some time for the modifications to have a tangible effect on the odor and debris problems but we’ll monitor the situation and assert pressure when necessary.
DEC assured us that the landfill will not cause health problems but also acknowledged it as an important quality of life issue that must be addressed. I’m sorry that our residents have to deal with this issue because though it may not reach the measured level of a health problem, many seniors and people with respiratory issues are experiencing discomfort. Others are suffering from the quality of life aspect, unable to sit on their decks or in their yards. No one in East Greenbush is profiting from the situation but many are suffering.
-Jack Conway East Greenbush Town Supervisor
Local Realtor Named State Coordinator
Ginny OBrien of North Greenbush has been appointed as a State Political Coordinator by the New York Association of Realtors (NYSAR). In this role OBrien will maintain contact with members of the State Senate and Assembly throughout the year, on issues affecting realtors across the State. The State Coordinator Program was launched by NYSAR this year, and appointees are local representatives who reside or work in the district of legislators to whom they are assigned.
Mrs. OBrien recently made an introductory visit to Senator Neil Breslin’s Office at the Capital in Albany. She reports that she and the Senator discussed affordable housing, and Landlord/Tenant rights.
Ginny is a longtime Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in their Loudonville office, and has been active in local Government and Community Programs for many years.
Dewey Loeffel Oct 1 Community Advisory Group Meeting
Dewey Loeffel Landfill Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting. Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Nassau Ambulance, 498 McClellan Rd., Nassau, NY 12123. The Dewey Loeffel CAG is a group of concerned citizens, environmental and civic groups, municipal officials, and other interested parties who come together to discuss and provide important input to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies regarding the Dewey Loeffel Landfill Federal Superfund Site on Mead Road in Nassau, NY. The public is encouraged to attend CAG meetings to learn about this hazardous waste site and have input on the investigations and cleanup plans. Google “EPA Dewey Loeffel Superfund Site” for fact sheets, or go to https://tinyurl.com/y5qc3m7q For more information, Contact Lani Richards, CAG Chairperson, at email@example.com or Bruce Herron, CAG Vice Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Poestenkill Electronics Recycling Day
The Town of Poestenkill in partnership with Evolution Recycling and the Sullivan Jones VFW Post will hold an Electronics Recycling Day on Saturday, October 12th from 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon at the VFW Post located on Veterans Street in the Town of Poestenkill.
Residents are invited to drop off their old electronics (there is a charge for TV’s and CRT monitors) please call for details on pricing.
Electronic devices will be disposed of in an environmentally sound fashion. Simply drive up to the site (VFW Pavilion) which is located at the corner of School Rd. and Veterans Street.
For a list of acceptable items, please call Sue Horton, Town Clerk at 518-283-5119.
Howl’oween in the Park!
The Sand Lake Dog Park and The Open Spaces Committees would like to thank the Town of Sand Lake and the Girl Scouts Service Unit 151 (Troops 1052, 1526) for their support.
Its going to be SPOOKTACULAR on October 13th from 12PM-4PM at Butler Park in the town of Sand Lake. Rain or Shine
Come help raise funds to meet our goal of $25,000 for the construction of the SLDP. There will be vendors, community groups, live music and a photographer, but the highlight of the event will be the Costume Parade with town officials judging various categories. Community groups and vendors are invited to set up booths and donations can me made to the Sand Lake Dog Park.
Registration for the costume parade will be $20/dog in advance or $25/dog at the event. Creative costumes and themed human/dog costumes are encouraged. There will be Costume Contest Prizes and giveaways. Event will be held rain or shine. Check-in for the costume parade begins as 12PM and the parade will start at 1PM.
Safety 1st. All well-behaved, non-aggressive dogs will be welcome to participate. Our big Pet Peeve: YOU are responsible for cleaning up after your dog – bags will be available. Your pup needs to be leashed on at all times (no longer then 4 feet) & licensed with a permit. All dogs must have current rabies vaccines, and no dogs in heat. An adult must walk the dog, no toddlers in attendance please. Call or stop by town hall for license info and have a copy of your rabies vac. Your Vet can Fax or email the document. Sand Lake Town Clerk at 518-674-2026 ext 122
Contact the SLDP with your questions at email@example.com or 518-495-2314. Costume Parade registrations and SLDP donations can be made by check payable to Town of Sand Lake (write Dog Park on the memo line) and mailed to Dog Park Treasurer, 110 Edgewood Drive, Averill Park, NY 12018. Online tickets purchase at Eventbrite: HOWl’oween in the Park. SLDP donations can be made online at gofundme.com/f/sand-lake-dog-park
Dog Park Meeting
Calling North Greenbush dog owners and lovers! It’s time to re-start the dog park meetings. We have a promising lead on a dog park location. Councilwoman Mary Frances Sabo will host a follow up discussion on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the council room at North Greenbush town hall. All are welcome and you do not need to have attended the previous two meetings
For more information, please contact 518-424-1884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town of Schodack Fall Clean-Up Days
Schodack residents please note the Town of Schodack is sponsoring Fall Clean-up Days on October 17th, 18th and 19th at the Transfer Station on Poyneer Rd. During this event many items that normally have a charge are free and others are reduced up to 50%. This is a great time to clean out your garage before winter comes! The following price list is only for the dates noted above.
Refrigerators, Freezers, Air conditioners & Dehumidifier -$8.00
Tires, rimless (maximum size 16”) – $2.00*
*larger and rimmed tires priced by size
TVs, computer monitors (limit 2), Propane Tanks, Furniture (limit 3), Metal goods, Gas grills, Bicycles – FREE
All other prices remain the same
Nassau Historians Ball
Nassau Village Historian Kurt Vincent and Nassau Town Historian Melody Howarth will host the ultimate good-bye party for Nassau’s 200th anniversary. Scheduled for Saturday, October 19th the event will take place at the Burden Lake Country Club on Totem Lodge Road. The event will start with cocktails at 5 pm and a buffet dinner at 6 pm. Menu selections will accommodate carnivore, vegetarian and vegan options.
While it’s called “a ball,” don’t go looking for you ball gown – come as you are. It will be an evening of good food, friendly banter and a celebration of Nassau’s past. In addition to Nassau’s Bicentennial, the event will mark the final activity for Village Beautification Committee’s long-time chair Kurt Vincent.
With door prizes, surprises and after dinner dancing, advance tickets are required. Tickets will be available at Nassau Village Hall and the Nassau Free Library and are $25 per person. Proceeds from the event will be benefit the Local History Collection of the Nassau Free Library. For more information call (518) 766-2291 or e-mail info@nullNassau12123.com.
2019 Poestenkill “Meet The Candidates”
On Monday Night October 21st the Poestenkill Business Association will present our annual “Meet the Candidates” Night Forum at the Poestenkill Sullivan-Jones VFW Post on Main Street. All Candidates running for Town Supervisor, Town Board, Highway Superintendent, Town Clerk and Town Judge have been invited to attend and will present their respective positions.
Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the program will begin at 7:00 PM with all Candidates offering a concise position statement. The floor will then be opened up for questions from any Town Resident in attendance. We sincerely hope that you are able to attend and participate in the robust discussion through thoughtful and pertinent questions on issues facing the Town of Poestenkill. Refreshments will be provided. Thank you for your interest. See U Monday Night 10/21/2019!!
Stephentown Heritage Center increases visiting hours
The Stephentown Historical Society has announced that the Stephentown Heritage Center will welcome visitors on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., beginning on July 6, in addition to the regular weekly Friday hours of 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. These weekend open hours will allow more Stephentown residents and visitors the opportunity to explore what the society offers in genealogy research and local history. The other Saturdays are October 5 and November 2. The center is closed during the month of December. The Heritage Center is the former Stephentown Methodist Church at 4 Staples Road at the corner of Garfield Road. It is free and handicapped accessible.
Hunting Licenses Town of Schodack
Debra L. Curtis, the Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind hunters that hunting licenses went on sale August 1, 2019. For hunting and trapping licenses, the license year runs form September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020. Annual fishing licenses and recreational marine fishing registration are valid for 365 days from date of purchase.
Deer management permits (DMPs) will be available via an instant lottery from August 1, 2019 through the close of business on Oct. 1, 2019.
We also have a limited supply of Federal Duck Stamps available at a cost of $26.00 ($25.00 plus $1.00 revenue for the town).
The Town Clerk’s Office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please be sure to have your driver’s license or an old hunting license to expedite processing of your new license.
Meeting Dates for The Village of Nassau 2019-20
The following dates have been established for the Village of Nassau Board of Trustees Meetings. All meetings will be held at the Village Municipal Building, 40 Malden Street, Nassau, NY at 7:30pm unless otherwise posted.
October 9, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
November 13, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
December 11, 2019 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
January 8, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
February 12, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
March 11, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
March 18, 2020 Special Meeting Election 9:00pm
April 6, 2020 Annual Meeting 7:30pm
April 8, 2020 Public Hearing Budget 7:00pm
April 8, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
May 13, 2020 Regular Meeting 7:30pm
May 27, 2020 Year End Meeting 7:30pm
The Planning Board meets on the 1st Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building.
The Zoning Board meets on the 4th Monday of each month (as needed) at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Municipal Building.
2019 Town of Brunswick Spring/Summer Pick-Up Schedule
What can be picked up:
Please no sticks, dirt or rocks or any material other than leaves and grass should be placed in bags we do not use leaf vacuums in the spring. Limbs must be piled neatly, 8’ long-no larger than 6” diameter avoid piling brush near utility poles and under trees, wires, or out in the street. We do not go on private property. Clean wood only we will also pick up other yard waste, such as grass clippings, provided biodegradable paper bags are used. Branches must be free of roots and dirt. We do not pick up rocks, stumps, rubbish, etc. Please do not put these items out with your branches. Please no clear cutting of lots. No commercial pickups. Residents are also encouraged to dispose of leaves and grass at our recycling center, it is located across from the town garage. Please check with recycling department prior to drop off and deposit brush in designated place and leaves and grass in designated place. Items must be at roadside on the first day of scheduled pickup.
Monthly brush and yard waste pick-up schedule will be the following dates. Items to be out by first day in front of your residence only.
October 21st-October 25th (last pick-up for season)
If you have any questions, please call 518-279-3461, ext. 100.
Town Of Day 2019 – 2020 Garbage Pick-Up ~ Winter Schedule
Curbside by 7:00 AM
Starting September 09, 2019
Monday’s – Both Sides of Lake
Thru May 18, 2020
(If there is a Holiday on a Monday pick-up
will be Tuesday.)
Memorial Day week pick-up will be on
Tuesday, May 26th – North side
Wednesday, May 27st – South side
Summer schedule will resume with pick-up
Monday’s – North side of Lake
Tuesday’s – South side of Lake
the following week
Recycling ~ Winter Schedule
Curbside by 7:00 AM
(Last weekly pick-up Sept. 05th)
Every other Thursday as follows:
October 10, 24
December 05, 19
January 02, 16, 30
February 13, 27
March 12, 26
April 09, 23
May 07, 21
(Start weekly pick-ups June 04th, 2020)
If there is inclement weather on Thursday, recycling will be picked up on Friday.
Recycling Center – Year Round Hours
Wednesday 8 – 2
Saturday & Sunday 8 – 4
Closed All Legal Holidays and Severe Snowstorms
Attention Dog Owners in the Town of Schodack
Debra L. Curtis, the Schodack Town Clerk, wishes to remind residents that under NYS Agriculture and Markets Law Article VII, §109, all dogs are required to be licensed by four months of age and under Town Law §109-5, all dogs, when not confined to the property of their owner, must be under control and on a leash not in excess of 12 feet in length. Leash length is reduced to 6 feet when walking within the Town Park.
To obtain a dog license, a copy of the current Rabies Certificate, which must be valid for more than 30 days prior to licensing and must be signed by a licensed veterinarian, and proof that the animal has been altered, must be provided. The cost for a spayed/neutered dog is $7.00 and an unspayed/ unneutered dog is $15.00. One tag is issued for the lifetime of the license; however, in the event of loss, it can be replaced at a cost of $3.00. A renewal letter will be sent on an annual basis, based upon the anniversary of the license.
If you have any questions, please visit the Schodack Town Clerk’s office, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Schodack Town Hall, 265 Schuurman Road, Castleton, NY 12033 or please call 518-477-7590.
It’s the Law!
New York State Law requires that all dogs to be licensed annually. The State requires that all Town Clerks’ office process them in their local municipality. Before a license can be issued or renewed, current proof of rabies vaccination must be provided. The NYS Dept of Agriculture & Markets & NYS Health Dept. requires all dogs FOUR months of age or older to be vaccinated for rabies. This information is crucial for the general public’s well-being. The Town of Sand Lake does have a Leash Law. In addition, if your dog is lost, stolen or dies, New York State law requires you to notify the Town Clerk’s Office. Failure to comply with this law can result in court appearance tickets. Unlicensed dogs are subject to seizure on or off the premises of the owner under Art. 7 117(b). Check the Town’s website for additional information regarding the Town’s Dog Laws. For more information call Barbara Biittig, Sand Lake Town Clerk @ 518-674-2026 ext 122 or Animal Control Officer @ 518-477-8230.
Rensselaer City Historian’s Office seeking info. on Albany Woolen Mill
Rensselaer City Historian’s Office is seeking any information on the Albany Woolen Mill on Green Street in Rensselaer City. Personal remembrances, receipts, documents, advertisements, pay stubs, anything related to the AWM.
We are told AWM once manufactured Woolen sweaters and perhaps jackets for the US military during World War II. From time to time there was Surplus sales of irregular garments.
Any stories, photos, reports or artifacts, letters of Commerce, employee information documents. We are looking to reweave the story of the fabric dye and textile industry once prominent in Rensselaer City. Information can be sent to the Office of the Historian 62 Washington Street, Rensselaer City, Rensselaer, NY 12144.